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Titanium Pens ​And EXTREME Pen Testing

Titanium Pens And EXTREME Pen Testing

A few things for you today...

In terms of late projects - some products are still delayed (we continue to work through them though).

In terms of products that are actually shipping:

The Titanium "Click" pen should start shipping next week (they may even all ship next week - will see how it goes).

The Bolty bolt-action pen will start to ship soon after the click pen mentioned above.

Extreme Pen Testing

I've wanted to do this for some time...

While our two CNC machines have been flat-out running (late) pen parts I've been spending some of my evening and weekend time setting up a testing station for our pens (and ultimately other products).

Using a mash-up of Arduino electronics and pneumatics I've been able to create a pretty damn robust testing station for the automatic clicking of the "click" pen.

Here's a super short video:

I don't yet have any solid or consistent numbers on how long the click pen mechanism lasts until it starts to fail.

However...

I do have some initial numbers - and, if I'm being honest, I'm a little disappointed in them.

The first pen I tried started to fail at around 20,000 clicks. I was hoping for more than that.

So I'm going to look at improving this mechanism right away (or at least before we make any more ...which will not be until early next year at the earliest).

Black Friday Deals

As you may know (because I talk about it in almost every blog post)...

We're late on a number of projects/products and catching up on these as best as we can (while at the same time making sure the business is still making sales).

Unfortunately this has meant we really don't have much in stock because most of our machining time is going to the late projects.

Our plan for this Black Friday time of year is to offer your some solid discounts on a few different products we don't currently have in stock (but keep getting asked for ... a LOT!). There will likely be (up to) a few weeks before shipping on these - but it's best we can do right now (which I think is better than nothing at all).

So keep an eye on your email over the next few days - I'll be sending out some solid deals for you.

NEW Titanium Pen On Kickstarter

As you may already know - I'm a big fan of Kickstarter (it's what allowed me to get started in this titanium business!).

We still continue to run Kickstarter crowdfunding projects (although less frequently than we used to).

The last project was for a utility blade knife back in April around 8 months ago.

We're about to launch another - which will likely be scheduled for delivery in April of this coming year.

Truthfully, I'm fairly excited about this project as it's for a NEW titanium pen that has a unique, never-before-seen mechanism.

I'm going to send out another one or two emails about this pen before we launch it (launch should be later this week).

In the meantime - here's a little preview of the internals of the mechanism:

Clearance Bargains (Old Stock Must Go!)

Clearance Bargains
(Old Stock Must Go!)

Okay, here's the deal..


We're steadily getting caught up on old projects and products. And, in line with that, we've been having a bit of a "tidy up" on a couple of shelves in the store room.

While doing this we've come across various products we did not realise we had (yeah, I know, how do you simply "mis-place" high-end titanium products, right?).

80% of these we will never make again (possibly even 100% of them).

Not only that, but...

There are some amazing deals to be hand here because I really want to get the store room "cleansed" of any older stock.

One last thing...

EVERYTHING has been discounted (and in some cases a LOT lower than the usual price) because I really want these gone! 🙂

Some Dominoes

We have just five of these.

They are:

3 | 5
3 | 6
1 | 2 (2 x of these)
6 | 6 (2 x of these)

There is a drop-down menu at the bottom of THIS PAGE where you can select from the above number combination.

Nerve Spinner

Just two of these available in standard Matte finish.

CLICK HERE for these.

Flixxâ„¢ - ORANGE/WHITE Titanium Friction Folder

Just one of these available - CLICK HERE

(This one will definitely not be made again - guaranteed).

TiBricks

Eight of these little beasts - really not sure how we missed these beauties.

CLICK HERE

TiBiner™ – ‘T60D’ Double-Ended Titanium Carabiner

These are the odd one out of everything on this page. I knew we had these (they've been in a drawer for years) - but there was some machining that had been missed.

So we've just cleaned them up on the CNC and they're good to go. I think there might actually be 15 of them available (but I do expect them to sell fairly quick).

CLICK HERE

Tank - MokuTi Titanium Bottle Opener

There are JUST TWO of these available - CLICK HERE

Mr Pry – Titanium Pry-Bar

We have done three different prybars over the years.

This was the second one we made. And, out of interest, the first one we ever put our name on. BUT... it's was the old business name (in case you're new we used to be called "Cogent Industries" and changed to "Magnus Industries").

That's why it has 'COGENT' engraved on it (also you may have noticed that we often ship out products with the old name on the packaging - it seems a waste to just through the packaging away so we're working through it).

There are 8 of these - CLICK HERE

​Titanium Updates, Dominoes and Pen Machining

Titanium Updates, Dominoes and Pen Machining

It's been a while - so let's cover updates on late projects/products first...

While we are making progress - it's still slow-going. We have definitely processed quite a few refunds lately - which is absolutely fair and I'm sorry I've screwed-up that badly. I appreciate those of you who are holding on and being incredibly patient. Thank you.

Let's get the worst (and by that I mean least progress) two out the way first...

TiVault - still late and not shipping this month (as I said they would).

PillPots (the larger 36mm and 45mm ones) - also not shipping yet.

Knives - These are taking lesser priority over the above two projects (because the above projects are later).

Somewhat less depressing projects...

TiWallets - 35% shipped and the rest over the next few working days.

Click Pens / Pencils - The buttons and clips (which are the last parts we're waiting on) should start coming off later this afternoon and continue over the next couple of weeks like that. We will be shipping a batch every few days.

Bolty Pens - 70% of the clips have been machined over the last week or two. The internal parts are about to be started on the lathe (we were waiting until the clips were done so we could start these). The Bolty is different to the click pens/pencils above in that we have to wait until all the parts are made (and so cannot ship them every couple of days unfortunately).

This sums up where we are right now. Any projects/products I have not mentioned above are finished and shipped.

And again, you will continue to see me offering other products for sale (even as we're late with these!). I really have made a mess of things -- although we have managed to get caught up a lot recently -- and we need to balance production of late projects together with making sure there is money coming into the business to keep the lights on and the machines humming. I wish I would click my fingers and start the last three years over ...but it is what is it.

Titanium Domino Set

A long time ago we made some titanium dominoes (we called them 'TiBones').

They are kind of popular - but not compared to many of our other products.

The strange thing was ...we had quite a lot of interest from people wanting to buy a full 28-piece set (rather that just a single domino).

We did agree to sell one set as a pre-order ...but told them it would be quite some time as we really wanted to make an aluminum case to go with it.

Anyway, long story short:

We finally made it ...and we finally shipped it. BUT, we also made another ...which I've taken photos of.

I mainly want to show you the photos (but, if you're interested, this specific set is for sale - but it is only this one set).

We actually machined and press-fitted titanium "feet" on the bottom of the aluminium case...

Even though the case accounts for most of the weight - the whole set still weighs in at a hefty 1738 grams (or 3.83lbs).

The economics of making this set doesn't really work well for us. Even though the price is high compared to most things we make ...it just takes a long time to make them (quite a lot of hand sanding and finishing to get the dominoes coming out flawless).

If you're interested in this one-and-only set (it is sitting here ready to go), then you can order it here at the bottom of this page.

"Click" Pen Clip

The clip of the titanium "click" pen takes almost 30 minutes to machine - and, as you will see, there is quite a lot of wasted material.

I will do a video for you at some point after we machined and shipped the current late pens.

Here's what it looks like just as it's finished being machined:

NOTE: Both these images below are before we had it fully dialed-in (you should be able to see the various "issues" with each ...especially the top one!)

HangKeys + HookUp Clips

We hardly have anything in stock (and haven't had for some time).

However, we do have our classic (and arguably most popular products) HangKey and HookUp Clips in stock right now.

Updates And Other Titanium Stuff

Updates and Other Titanium Stuff

Okay, so, Updates on current (and late) projects...

The PillPots and TiVaults are still probably the most delayed projects. I had September and October marked down for those - but both those dates are pushed out 1 month now ...so they will likely be October and November respectively.

The SlideClick Utility Blade Knife is almost fully shippined as of right now. We have a few more to ship (which will be done at the start of next week).

Anything pen-related (Bolty, Pencil, Writing Set, etc.) will start to ship over the next two weeks or so (and will continue to ship for a few weeks). I don't have a specific order of shipment for any of these yet. They are all around 85% finished (the CNC Lathe work is done ...and now just the CNC Milling Machined to do work on them now).

The new "V2" TiWallet has started production (some of the production is an IndieGoGo crowdfunding project ...and some is website sales) and we're working through these. It's going very well.

The folding knives are still slow (and probably the latest of the bunch). The Fliptility knife is getting close - but the Magnatron and Project ZERO are still a while away. Reluctant to give specific dates on these as I've done that a couple of times and failed to delivery on those dates.

SaniTi - Titanium Hand Sanitizer

We've just finished shipping the first run of these SaniTiâ„¢ - Titanium Hand Sanitizers. We're about a week late on these.

The second run are being made now and should be fully shipped by the end of next week (which is pretty much on time). Will keep you updated.

Here are some photos of the work-in-progress of them I took last week:

Not Much Stock

We're putting most of our efforts into getting caught up with projects (as well as releasing some new products to keep the gears of the business turning).

So, unfortunately, we have very little of anything in stock. People get a little frustrated that most things are sold out.

We actually only have one product in stock right now. Most other products we have pulled off the website while we get caught up. The HookUp Clips are available:

Titanium HookUp Clips In Stock (click here).

Titanium Hand-Sanitizer (PLUS “Titanium Damascus” Key Holder)

Titanium Hand-Sanitizer (PLUS "Titanium Damascus" Key Holder)

Just TWO things for you today (but they are awesome things).

I'll talk about the Titanium Hand-Sanitizer in just a second - but first...

Titanium Damascus Key-Holder

I machined six of these plates last weekend ...and they all came out REALLY well.

The one in the photo is a good representation of what the rest look like. I have just THREE of them  available (and I'll tell you now they're not that cheap compared to the regular CoolKeyâ„¢ - Titanium Key-Holder version.

I've put a lot of care and attention into these - and it seems to come through. Here's an even closer look:

Oh, and I've not done any "doctoring" of these photos ...this Titanium Damascus we've got really is visually mind-blowing!

Like I said... only three available... they're not that cheap (sorry, but it takes so much raw Titanium Damascus to make these) ...but, by god, are they one-of-a-kind!

Here's the link (scroll to the bottom for them): CoolKeyâ„¢ - Titanium Key-Holder

Pocket-Sized Titanium Hand Sanitizer

These are not for sale yet - but hopefully will be soon (somewhat depending on what feedback we receive from this blog post).

Quick note: As I mentioned in the last blog post, although we're making progress catching up on late products/projects ...we still need to continue to make sales to keep the rest of the business going. And this Pocket-Sized Titanium Hand-Sanitizer is one such product.

A tiny bit of backstory:

Usually, for most of our products, we play around with concepts for many months (and often years to be honest) ...but this Pocket Titanium Hand Sanitizer is a little different ...only took a couple of weeks of "playing around".

During that time we went through every possible option we could in terms of how to deliver the liquid/gel. We had simple-ish mechanisms ...complex mechanisms ...and we were even close to making our own version of a soap-dispenser pump (we dismantled one here in the workshop ...and, although fairly common, it's a really clever mechanism).

The problem is that I really wanted to keep this product super-simple and not have a dozen parts (because it would start to cost hundreds of dollars).

Long story short:

After a ton of thought and rejecting every imaginable idea (no matter how "cool" the mechanism was) ...we came upon an idea that is, as far as I can tell, the absolute simplest mechanism possible.

As with most of our designs.. we pretty much have to work our way through lots of different (and complex) solutions to finally arrive an something that is crazy simple. This concept is crazy simple - but it took a long time to get there.

Anyway, here's a video explanation and some photos:

I've not shown the function in the above video - but I can attest to it working really well with both very watery sanitizer as well as thick gels (and anything in between).

Would love to hear any feedback/thoughts/etc. in the comments below - thank you!

Updates and Other Titanium Stuff

Updates and Other Titanium Stuff

Let's talk about project Updates first...
Project/Product Updates

The TiVault and PillPots are still on target to start shipping in September. I'm not sure which we're doing first (or if we're making them at the same time) - I will Update you on that once we get closer.

The Magnatron, Fliptility and Project ZERO knives are progressing a little fast now because I have managed to hand over most of production to Yngvar (one of our machinists). I have been struggling to produce them while at the same time run the rest of the business.

ALL the pens (Click, Pencil, Bolty and writing set) are just a few weeks away from shipping. The Bolty pen main bodies are done and we're starting the rest of the parts this coming week. All the parts of the Click pen and Pencil are done apart from the clips and buttons (we've just started the clips in the last two days ...and the buttons will be after this). So, pens are not far off.

One more thing... (and feel free to skip this if you're already totally fed-up with my lateness and excuses and don't want to hear any more!)

A couple of things I feel need to mention again (and yeah, you've already heard me talk about this before).

You will continue to see me offer other products for sale (here on the blog and through email) ...some we've made before and some new. If you've been waiting for a late project (or even more than one project), then this probably looks like a crappy thing to do on my part. And I totally understand!

We're late on projects because I screwed-up (in a variety of ways). Although we are still behind ...we've caught up significantly since the beginning of the year. So we are making progress.

But here's the problem:

If we ONLY produce products that are late (and nothing else), then we will cease to be a business (because rent, wages, insurance, etc. etc. will not get paid).

If you had told me a couple of years ago that I would be in this position of delivering late on multiple projects, then I would have said it was "impossible". I would never have thought I would be disappointing so many customers.

While we have refunded many people who could no longer wait (and that is absolutely justified!) ...I really appreciate those of you who are excercising patience and allowing us to work through this. Thank you!!

How To: Titanium Key Holder Assembly

We shipped the first run of the CoolKeyâ„¢ - Titanium Key Holders a week or two ago ...and the feedback so far has been tremendous.

We've had a lot of people happy that there is now finally a high-end titanium key holder (to go with their other titanium gear). Many of these customers previously seemed to be making do with cheaper, aluminum versions because there was nothing better on the market.

Here's a video showing the assembly and how it works (it's a little different to other key holders on the market):

I'm just finishing up a few more of these (literally Sunday morning here as I do this) and so there MIGHT be some left available here:

CLICK HERE --> CoolKeyâ„¢ - Titanium Key Holder

Pen Progress

You know, it's nice to physically SEE progress (rather than just talk about it).

I talked about the pens above - but I thought I'd show you a couple of photos too.

Here's the Boltyâ„¢ Titanium Pen bodies:

(Oh, and yeah, that's the drill in the bottom of the photo that drills out the solid bar to create the tube for the pen)

And here's various parts for the Titanium "Click" Pen and the Titanium Mechanical Pencil:

It's nice to see rock-solid progress in finally getting these to you.

Back in Stock: Titanium HookUpâ„¢ Clips

The Titanium HookUpâ„¢ Clips are a funny one...

They are small and fiddly to make ...and we have tried many times to stop selling them.

However, every time we take them off the website, the emails start piling up asking when we're going to have them available again. I'm not complaining though. It's always nice to have people demand and pester you for particular products. 🙂

Anyway, we've just done another run of them and they're available again right now.

Titanium HookUpâ„¢ Clips

Updates and NEW Titanium Key Holder

Updates And NEW Titanium Key Holder

Okay, some updates on late products...

While we are catching up - it's slow and steady progress. Not happening as fast as I had predicted.

The pens/pencils/writing sets that were meant to ship in July are now going to ship in August (we have 60% of the components made ...working on the rest just now).

The Magnatron and Fliptility (and Project ZERO) knives are going slow. These are some of the products that are most late and it is frustrating for sure. We are working away on them - but it's taking time.

TiVault and PillPots should (hopefully) still be on target for August and September respectively.

It is challenging for us but a terrible experience for YOU - learning a lot from these mistakes.

I will continue to update as we get out of this quagmire.

SlideClick (One Handed Blade Change)

One the product page for the SlideClickâ„¢ - Titanium Utility Blade Knife I talked about being able to change the blade with one hand if you really wanted do.


I forgot I mentioned this on the product page ...but I received an email this morning from someone who was skeptical (although, in fairness, there is a chance his knife is a little stiffer to get the slider out).

Because it had been a while since I did it ...I started wonder if it WAS actually possible.

Here's a super-short video about it:

NEW Titanium Key Holder (I Have A Question For YOU)

We have a Titanium Key Holder coming out soon and we're trying to figure out how many keys YOU would put in it.


Here's the front (ignore the beat-up looking screws and the unfinished look ...this is a prototype I've been testing and thrashing the hell out of :-D):

Here's the back (how cool are those flush screws? :-P) :

We've decided that the minimum will be 4 x keys (two on each end) because it's unlikely anyone is going to want to carry a key holder for just two keys (that's my assumption at least).

We are going to offer a 6 x key version (three keys at each end) ...and an 8 x key version (four keys at each end).

If you want more than eight keys, then you're out of luck sorry because we're not going to offer that just now (unless there is more demand than I expect).

So my question to you is:

Are you likely to carry 4x, 6x or 8x keys on a key holder like this?

If you can comment below, I would really appreciate that because it would help us a lot in knowing what to offer you. Thank you!

P.S. One more thing... The screws are very special on these as we've used ceramic detent balls in a particular way so that it is literally IMPOSSIBLE for the screws to accidentally open (anyone else ever have the issues of screws coming loose on a key holder? - I certainly have!)

P.P.S. Oh... And you have complete control over the tension in the screws so that you can select if you want your keys to fold out easily ...or if you want them super-stiff to move ...or just anything in between. 🙂

Blog Post And Titanium Bargain

Blog Post And Titanium Bargains

Today is just a simple blog post.


If you're looking for an update on products we're currently manufacturing or shipping, then I'll post that in a couple of days.

Some Product Bargains

Below are some products we're either about to run out of (and won't be making for some time) ...or, we're never going to make them again and are end-of-the-line essentially.

IMPORTANT: Use this discount code during checkout: BARGAIN17

Titanium CandyCansâ„¢





Titanium Spinning Top (Packaging)

While we're grinding away getting caught up with projects ...it's nice to experiment and try out new things.

We're experimenting with new packaging for some products - and we're doing that with aluminium.

We're hopefully going to be launching some titanium spinning tops soon - and this is the packaging we've made for them:

These containers have cnc machined aluminium end-caps (with o-rings) to go with them. They still need to be finished - which is why they look so raw in the photo above.

We've always had trouble with packaging ...so hopefully these go better than previous packaging has gone.

It has a little bit of an "overkill" feel to it - but, over time, I'm hoping to lower the cost to produce these and we can do more of it.

The other benefit is that you have a nice, solid container to keep forever (as opposed to throwing away yet more packaging).

We'll see how it goes. 🙂

Updates and Titanium Spinning Tops

​Updates and ​Titanium Spinning Tops

​A few project updates and other things for you today...

​If you're waiting for the TiVault, then they are still shipping August. PillPots are on track for September.

The pens/pencils (Click, Bolty, etc.) are still on target for shipping July (will be towards the end most likely as it is almost the beginning of July now).

​The Magnatron knife has started shipping if you're waiting for that (although you would have received a separate update for that if you've bought one) - but they are still coming off the CNC and being finished, assembled, etc. so they are shipping slowly over time (they take a lot of work!).

The Fliptility knife will start shipping very soon - but have not got a specific date yet sorry.

SlideClick Utility Knife Update

​I did a video Update on Kickstarter recently for the SlideClick™ - Titanium Utility Blade Knife Backers.

I thought it was worth showing you this video here as it gives a nice overview of the knife and how it works:

Titanium Spinning Top

​As I mentioned in a previous blog post... we had some "teething troubles" with out new CNC Lathe which prevented us from making particular parts for a few weeks.

We were able to make a few specific products that are simpler in nature. This is one of the reasons we released the TiMagsâ„¢ - Titanium Magnets recently.

​The initial issues with the CNC Lathe have now been fixed ...but we had already started on some titanium spinning tops - and so we've just finished a run of them just now.

Here's a sneak peak ​photo of them ​part-way through being made:

​TiMags™ - Titanium Magnets (In Stock ...but will likely sell out for a third time)

​We've had a tough time keeping these in stock (I thought they would sell okay ...but I've been hugely surprised at how popular they have been).

We have around ​12 sets available right now as I type this - CLICK HERE to grab yours.

Important:

​As I mentioned above, we made these magnets because we had some free time on the new CNC Lathe (while a particular part of the lathe was being fixed). The lathe is fixed now and so we're focusing on other projects. (Although, I do feel somewhat lucky because I've been wanting to make these for YEARS!)

​We won't have the TiMags™ in stock for a while after these sell out I don't think (just a heads-up :-D).

Here's what the first run looking like as I assembled them (I had to stick them all to a huge slab of steel otherwise they would keep attracting to each other ...and could end up in a huge magnetic ball!)...

"Behind The Business"

​I'm going to sound a bit like a "broken record" here (because you've heard me talk about this a few times over the last six months)​. But, I feel the urge to cover it again with you...

​Most people reading this blog post right now are not waiting on any products to be delivered from us.

But, a decent percentage are not only waiting for us to deliver ...but we are delivering very late. Not only that but there is a smaller percentage again who are waiting for multiple late items.

​Not only am I acutely aware of this lateness - all of us here at ​Magnus Headquarters -- Yngvar, Sky and Quentin included -- have it at the forefront of our minds all the time. "Catch up." "Catch up." "Catch up." is our ​core focus every day. That's not an exaggeration - this is our priority.

​But (and there is always a but)...

​I, as the leader of this business, need to ensure we don't end up in a bad place while we continue to catch up (and by "bad" I mean not having enough income to pay our rent, etc.). And so one of my other priorities each month is ensuring we keep sales coming in so we can pay rent, wages, machine repayments, etc.

It is a balancing act.

We (and by that I really me "I") made many mistakes to get us into the position of being behind on so many projects. We have corrected many of these mistakes ...which will help stop us from getting into this position again in the future.

​One of the top things we've changed is to offer no more pre-orders. We aim to have products in stock and have them ready to ship ...and THEN offer them for sale.

We did this with the TiMagsâ„¢ - Titanium Magnets over the last couple of weeks: Made some, then sold them. Made some more, then sold them. Currently they are sold out.

As I mentioned above about the Titanium Spinning Top ...we're only going to offer them when they are made and ready. If we continue to do this, then we will inevitably catch up​ on the products we are late on.

​We must continue to make and ship products other than the ones we are late on ...because otherwise our rent will not get paid ...machine repayments will not be made ...and the business will slowly cease to be a business (not to make it sound too dramatic :-D).

We have more new ideas and designs than we know what to do with ...and, luckily, we have ​many previous Customers who have not been turned off by our poor history of delivering on time ...as well as new Customers. I truly appreciate this ...and always feel like I'm being given a second chance after screwing-up so badly over the last two years in particular!

We are working our way slowly through catching up - and we will get there!.

I appreciate your continued support and I sincerely want to thank you for hanging in there with us. So THANK YOU! 🙂

Pillpots, Pens, Titanium Magnets and FREE Shipping!

Pillpots, Pens, Titanium Magnets and FREE Shipping!​

​This is an update specifically for if you're waiting for Titanium Pillpots™ or Click Pens or Pencils (including writing sets).

Good and bad news...

If you're waiting for PillPotsâ„¢, then there is still a significant delay. I have a firm shipping date ...but it's not until September. I am sorry about this. There is nothing I can do to make this faster. You now have a absolutely firm date.

If you're waiting for pens, pencils, writing sets ...then it's a bit better. It will be July (although there is a chance we start shipping a little here and there in June).

Also, I'm going to do a Bolty pen update shortly - but, in the meantime, production is looking to be July also for these.

​We're Offering FREE Shipping For TODAY

​Very quickly... we're offering FREE DHL Express Shipping only RIGHT NOW.

​Usually we part part of the shipping for you (you don't really see it because it kind of happens behind the scenes and I tend not to mention it) ...but we're paying all the shipping for you TODAY

Click here to check out what we have available right now.

Magnatronâ„¢ Flipper Knife Update

A video update on the progress of the Magnatronâ„¢ Knife...

​I made a video with more details about the making of the blade - here it is as well:

​TiMags™ - ​JUST RELEASED!

​We're trying to get away from the whole pre-order thing.

It's not working for you and it's not working for us.

We obviously have a number of projects that are late and we need to catch up on those and ship.

The tricky thing is that if we focused 100% of our time and resources on that, then we'd probably have to close the doors (how depressing!). So what we are doing is borrowing a little machining time here and there to keep new products coming out ...and actually have then IN STOCK.

​​We recently had a couple of issues with the new CNC  lathe which has stopped us from done specific types of work. However, we ​were able to continue to make simpler parts ...and so this is why I've finally -- after six years -- made some Titanium Magnets:

​I also made a short video (which is on the order page) and you can see there by clicking here.

​One last thing...

We're offering FREE DHL Express Shipping both the Titanium Magnets and anything else you buy RIGHT NOW (make the most of it!).

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